Catawba Nation en Cherokees Spend Big In NC Politics <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">North Carolina Republicans announced this week they will hold their 2014 convention at the state&#39;s only casino, operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians high in the Smoky Mountains.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The decision is of particular interest since many of the state&#39;s top Republicans &ndash; including House Speaker Thom </span>Tillis<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Governor Pat </span>McCrory<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> &ndash; have recently come out against plans for a competing casino two and a half hours away. That proposal comes from the Catawba Indians of South Carolina.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="" target="_blank">Cherokees worry the competition would hurt their own casino profits</a> and they have considerable clout with North Carolina politicians.</span></p><p></p><p> Fri, 04 Oct 2013 20:55:20 +0000 Julie Rose 36677 at Cherokees Spend Big In NC Politics The Tangled Backstory Of Catawba Nation's North Carolina Casino Quest <div><p>The Catawba Indians want to build a <a href="'s%20World%20Class%20Resort.htm" target="_blank">$340 million casino </a>and resort in Kings Mountain, North Carolina &ndash; which is 45 miles northwest of their reservation in Rock Hill, South Carolina.&nbsp; They&#39;ve applied for federal permission to make the land a sort of annex to their reservation.&nbsp;</p><p>They may also need approval from North Carolina&#39;s governor and General Assembly &ndash; but both are cool to the concept. So why not just build a casino on the tribe&#39;s existing reservation just off I-77?&nbsp;</p></div><p></p><p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Julie Rose 36512 at The Tangled Backstory Of Catawba Nation's North Carolina Casino Quest